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Interview with Yoav Sorek on a New Israeli Jewishness

I recommend this interview in English with Yoav Sorek on a “New Definition of Israeli Jewishness.”

Hoshana Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

A very nice modern interpretation of a traditional Jewish liturgical prayer.

The Israel Prize 2014

At yesterday’s Israel Prize ceremony many outstanding individuals were honored. Three of the honorees were Prof. Shamma Friedman, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, and Rabbinit Adina Bar Shalom. To learn about Prof. Friedman and his contribution to the study of Talmud, read this interview with Yitz Landes. See these articles about Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein by Yair Rosenberg and Elli Fischer. […]

Purim in Israel Under Austerity

While Israel as a start-up nation is the latest rage, people shouldn’t forget that for a number of years after the founding of the state, Israeli citizens lived under a regime of austerity and rationing, in Hebrew the צנע (Tzena). The amount of food and clothing that a person could buy was limited and determined […]

Israeli Feminist Religious Comedy

Yes, such a thing exists. From this (Hebrew) gathering. The video is in Hebrew.

Israeli-Arab Sayed Kashua to Edit Ultra-Orthodox TV Drama

In what is sure to be an interesting mix, well-known Israeli-Arab writer and publicist Sayed Kashua will be joining the writing team as editor for the second season of Shtisel, an Israeli TV drama about an ultra-Orthodox family. I enjoyed the first season a lot and am looking forward to season two, although we’ll have […]

Arik Einstein z”l

There have been many good pieces written about Arik Einstein in the past day. A few that I liked are here, here, here, and here. Below are a few videos that I would recommend to get a taste of who he was. Here is video from the wedding of his ultra-Orthodox daughter to the son […]

Changes in Israeli Marriage

During the past few weeks much has happened in Israel in the area of marriage. Much of it started with an article by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed that called for a recognized brit zugiyut, literally a covenantal relationship, between people. While there are different interpretations of what type of relationship this would be and what would […]

Women of the Wall as a Fashion Inspiration

NRG is reporting (Hebrew) that the Israeli fashion house Comme il faut, which describes itself as a being founded “by women, for women,” has released a new collection of clothing that was inspired by Women of the Wall. This collection comes soon after an Islamic inspired collection that was released this Spring.  

Video-Rabbi Benny Lau on Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

For those who want a very good introduction to the importance of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, this recent talk by Rabbi Benny Lau is worthwhile. It is in Hebrew and HT goes to Rav Tzair.

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